The UCSB Arts & Lectures Series announced its 2012-13 season on Wednesday, and there are some amazing performances coming to town for fans of music, dance, theater and lectures.
Here are some highlights to mark on your calendar.
» Experimental musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson will be returning to town on Oct. 23, two years after her last visit, giving the Southern California premiere of her latest work, called Dirtday!
» Brazilian musical icon Gilberto Gil will make his Santa Barbara debut at Campbell Hall on Oct. 26.
» Madcap stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard will make his Santa Barbara debut on Nov. 17 at Campbell Hall.
» Late-blooming soul singer Charles Bradley will return to town to perform at Campbell Hall on Nov. 28.
» Blues at the Crossroads Two will celebrate the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf at Campbell Hall on March 12, 2013, a follow-up (with different musicians) to the first Blues at the Crossroads show.
» Bobby McFerrin will bring his vocal improvisations to the Granada Theatre on April 2, 2013, in his Santa Barbara premiere.
» The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will crack up Campbell Hall on April 9, 2013.
» The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to Santa Barbara for two performances, on April 13-14, 2013.
» The 1927 Theater Company will bring their acclaimed mix of live performance and animation, called “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets,” to Campbell Hall on April 25, 2013.
» The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and more at the Granada Theatre on May 1, 2013.
» Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has been described as “the Carl Sagan of the 21st century,” will explain mysteries of the cosmos at the Granada Theatre on May 2, 2013.
There are many, many more events on the schedule. It looks like 2012-13 will be another great season for UCSB Arts & Lectures.
— Noozhawk contributing writer Jeff Moehlis is a professor of mechanical engineering at UCSB. Upcoming show recommendations, advice from musicians, interviews and more are available on his Web site, music-illuminati.com.